Inlays & Onlays

Do you have a hole in a tooth? It’s probably on your mind constantly. Your tongue might not be able to stop touching it, and unfortunately food and bacteria can get stuck in it. You need a repair for it and fast!

We’ve seen your situation many times. Dr. Willardson and the team here at Cottonwood Dental are ready to help you get back to normal. With inlays and onlays, your tooth can be repaired quickly and safely.

How Do Inlays and Onlays Work?

You can think of inlays and onlays as more advanced versions of fillings. They’re designed from porcelain or metal to restore a damaged tooth when a filling isn’t enough.

They’re also subtly different from each other. Here’s how we describe each:

  • Inlays. These fit perfectly into the damaged part of your tooth while supporting the overall structure of the tooth, protecting it for the future.
  • Onlays. These fill in a damaged area but also extend out from it to lend additional structure to the tooth, laying on top of part of the tooth.

With either an inlay or an onlay, our goals are to make your tooth as good as new and protect it from any further damage. We also carefully select top-quality materials that are colored just right to complement your smile.

What Happens When I Get an Inlay or Onlay?

First, we’ll only move forward with your procedure when you’re satisfied with the reasons for it. We can answer any questions you have in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Next, we’ll map your damaged tooth and send the measurements to the lab to have your inlay or onlay created quickly.

Finally, we’ll carefully bond your inlay or onlay in place and make sure it functions right and looks great. When you get home, you’ll be able to brush and floss normally, as long as you follow the simple guidelines we give you.

Call Cottonwood Dental for Tooth Restoration

Contact us any time if you have trouble with a tooth. We can examine it as soon as possible and recommend a way to restore it, which might be an inlay or onlay. Call Cottonwood Dental for an appointment.